VIN SAIM803-0920: Getting Through the Day: How to Make it Through the Day in GP, Module III

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Enrollment is closed.
Presenters: Carl Darby, MA, VETMB
Tom Hansen, DVM, DABVP
Amy Nichelason DVM, DABVP
Susan P Cohen, DSW

Course Open: September 7–October 15, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 2020; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is geared toward new and recent grads looking for practical guidance as they venture forth into the unpredictable world of small animal general practice. It may also serve as a review for more experienced practitioners or as an introduction for those transitioning from other practice areas. There are no prerequisites.
VIN CE Course: Open to ALL recent grads and VIN members. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-43414)

Course Information:
This course is the third of a multiple module series designed to give an overview of common cases/presentations in small animal day practice. Different topics will be presented each week, and each discussion will include highlights on pathophysiology, case presentation, differentials, diagnostic approach, treatment recommendations, and case examples where appropriate. Important non-technical skills will also be included.

Week 1 (Real Time Session September 14, 2020): Fear and Empowerment (COVID)
Presenter: Susan Cohen
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • become a mentor in the practice
  • better deal with moral dilemmas
  • overcome common fears associated with practice

Week 2 (Real Time Session September 21, 2020): Obstacles in Daily Practice
Presenter: Amy Nichelason
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • navigate ins and outs of compounding pharmacies
  • write/call in prescriptions
  • taper prednisone
  • judiciously prescribe antibiotics
  • monitor chronic medications
  • understand common drug interactions

Week 3 (Real Time Session September 28, 2020): Soft Tissue Surgery and Respiratory Disease
Presenter: Carl Darby
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • recognize and address common respiratory diseases seen in everyday practice
  • give differentials for common (and uncommon!) cases
  • develop rational diagnostic and therapeutic treatment plans
  • perform common soft tissue surgical procedures

Week 4 (Real Time Session October 5, 2020): Common Cases
Presenter: Tom Hansen
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • recognize and address common cardiovascular, endocrine, and neurologic presentations seen in everyday practice
  • give differentials for common (and uncommon!) cases
  • develop rational diagnostic and therapeutic treatment plans

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

Recommended Textbooks:
  • Cote’s Clinical Veterinary Advisor
    ISBN-13: 978-0323676755
  • Willard’s Small Animal Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods
    ISBN-13: 978-1437706574

About the Presenters:
Susan Cohen is a Social Worker specializing in stress among animal health workers and the Human-Animal Bond. She spent 28 years at the Animal Medical Center in New York and now leads support groups for the VIN Foundation, the ASPCA, and Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals. She also works as a consultant and lecturer, assisting veterinary practices and associations with issues of communication, stress, and organizational change.

Thomas Hansen is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice). He is in general and emergency practice in the San Francisco East Bay Area. His favorite areas of practice are internal medicine, emergency medicine, and ultrasound.

Carl Darby attended Cambridge University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with honors in 1991. After working in private practice, Dr Darby became a board-certified specialist in avian medicine in 2003 and has owned Seneca Falls veterinary hospital since 2006.

Amy Nichelason is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice). She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Primary Care department at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Her particular areas of interest are internal medicine, “whole health” pet care and advanced imaging including ultrasound and endoscopy.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Free for 2018, 2019, and 2020 graduates
Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by August 24, 2020)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

The course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be made available to the general VIN membership after the course closes, but VIN members who just can't wait may enroll at the standard course cost.

VIN members and veterinary students who are scheduled to graduate in 2019 or later can access prior years' content FREE by going to https://www.vin.com/CE and clicking on Getting Thru the Night under Archived Courses or using this direct link: https://beta.vin.com/doc/?id=5374153 .

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on September 14, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached. Awesome free courses like this one fill up quickly, so enroll now!

*NOTE: As space is limited, we request that you enroll in this course only if you will be attending the Real Time Sessions on September 14, 21, 28 and October 5 or will be completing the requirements for a CE certificate. If your interest is solely in the course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be available to the general VIN membership directly after the course closes.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Enrollment is closed.

"This program (22-43414) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Medical, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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